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An update on Exvangelical & Beyond
The book has a new home at Tarcher Perigee.
Hey there, readers. I have an update about my book, which was announced in 2021, that I’m happy to be sharing with you today.
My forthcoming book, tentatively titled Exvangelical and Beyond, will now be published with Tarcher Perigee.
I have spent much of the last two years working on this book. I am thrilled that it has found a place with Tarcher, and a capable editor in Lauren O’Neal. I have known Lauren for years and look forward to bringing this project to fruition with her. The prior deal with Convergent ended due to differences in editorial vision.
Exvangelical & Beyond considers the history of how the institutions of White American evangelicalism were built in the 19th and 20th centuries, the evangelicals who sought to change evangelicalism from within, and how evangelicalism’s refusal to reform or change has culminated in the recent exvangelical/deconstruction movements and online counterpublics. I also write about how online communities and publics differ from the religious communities so many of us have left, and what all these changes signify for the present and future of our individual and social senses of community and spirituality—especially in a world where many of us feel so precarious in so many ways.
I will be spending the last months of the year bringing the manuscript to completion, aiming for publication in the fall of 2024 or spring 2025.
This book ties together all the same interests I write about here: our individual experiences, the systems and institutions of religion in America (in particular White evangelical Christianity), and the effect of media and technology on our experiences and how we interact. I hope that it will be a sound addition to the growing chorus of books from all manner of perspectives that have been and are being published on the topic.
The topic is so large as to be unwieldy, and it demands and deserves myriad perspectives. The experience of life and thought within evangelicalism is so totalizing, and leaving it is so often disorienting, and I hope that this book helps gives some context as to why that is.
In the meantime, I will continue to explore those same topics here and via podcasting, which will resume soon following my summer hiatus. You can keep up with all that by subscribing below.
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